November 14, 2022

EquipmentShare Employees Raise More Than $12,000 to Fight Breast Cancer

EquipmentShare Employees raise funds for breast cancer research
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EquipmentShare employees joined the fight against breast cancer. During October, employees raised money for cancer research through The EquipmentShare Foundation.  

EquipmentShare employees shared words of encouragement with friends and family affected by the disease in video messages delivered in the EquipmentShare Battle Against Breast Cancer Booth. Tina Ford, an EquipmentShare employee and breast cancer survivor, shared her thoughts in an emotional plea: “Women, please be sure to self-examine and have mammograms done. Men, remind your wives, mothers and daughters to do their self-exams and have their mammograms done. It could save a life.”

In a friendly competition for a good cause, employees at EquipmentShare branches participated in “Bags Against Breast Cancer,” a cornhole contest with proceeds benefiting local and national breast cancer organizations. The event raised $10,328. EquipmentShare-Carlsbad won by raising a total of $4,330 for the initiative. “It was amazing the feedback we’ve received,” Mike Galvin, an employee from the New Mexico branch, said. “We had a customer who participated in the festivities with us. Before he departed, he pulled out some cash and shared a story of his mother-in-law who had passed away from breast cancer. It was recent, and the moment was surreal.”

The EquipmentShare Foundation established a gift fund through MU Health Care, which, in conjunction with JCB and the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, will provide 50 free mammograms to uninsured individuals. The American Cancer Society recommends breast cancer screening for women beginning at age 45, with the option to begin at age 40.

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 43,780 Americans (43,250 women and 530 men) will die from breast cancer this year. Worldwide, female breast cancer is the fifth-leading cause of death.

In total, EquipmentShare raised more than $12,000 to help in the fight against the deadly cancer.

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